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Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane

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Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. Arrange to visit Black Stupa (That Dam) and other attractions in Vientiane using our Vientiane online tour itinerary planner.
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  • Going to see 'That Dam Stupa' just made me smile. In all seriousness: That Dam translates to 'Black Stupa.' This holy stupa is believed to be a gate between the world of people and the naka (dragon... 
    Going to see 'That Dam Stupa' just made me smile. In all seriousness: That Dam translates to 'Black Stupa.' This holy stupa is believed to be a gate between the world of people and the naka (dragon...  more »
  • Nice little piece of history in the capital city of Laos. Be mindful of the traffic. There are a few park benches by the monument where you can enjoy an icecream etc. 
    Nice little piece of history in the capital city of Laos. Be mindful of the traffic. There are a few park benches by the monument where you can enjoy an icecream etc.  more »
  • Nice to drop by as this is within the city central area . No ticket required. Be mindful of the traffic when you take the photo. 
    Nice to drop by as this is within the city central area . No ticket required. Be mindful of the traffic when you take the photo.  more »
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  • If you’re interested more in historical places, you can try a quick stop by here. I suggest coming early morning because you can’t enjoy the hot 🥵 sunny day from 9:30 onwards.
  • That Dam or Black Stupa in Vientiane Capital is one of the few ancient stupas that remains after the Siamese occupation in the 17th century. It is located in the center of the town and has become one of the most popular city landmarks. #TravelBuddiesPH #vientianelaos #laos #laostravel #travel #travelphotography #travelgram #ThatDam #blackstupa
  • interesting early temple mound in the middle of vientiane. nice place to stop for a few minutes and relax. there was an entire village/city like this, probably similar to Chiang Mai Thailand, was here at one time. in the area are a few murals on adjacent streets, rues, on the walls that are interesting. if you walk around this area towards the morning market the and C.O.P.E. center you will see many; take the side streets as they tend not to be on the main avenues.
  • Exotic historical monument but there are cars parking around that loosen the presitige of its beautiful and remarkable statue.
  • Ok they really need to explain it's purpose. Large brick structure that's covered in vegetation. Nothing special at all.

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